I have told my story occasionally, but here in brief is my sartorial/employment history. I started out full-time employment as an assistant professor. In those days (1969-1973), coat and tie were still very much the expected norm for professors in the classroom, at least at Texas Tech, where I was teaching. The professorial attire in my department was stereotypically nondescript. The only sartorial standout (a) had independent means and (b) was widely reputed to be gay (sorry to contribute to that stereotype.). I believe that coat and tie largely vanished from the college classroom nationwide during the 1970s...at least according to a good friend who has remained in academia. After my departure from academia, I worked for three years (mostly writing contracts) for an insurance company. Although there was absolutely no public contact, the men were expected to wear coat and tie. Since they paid us starvation wages, our attire was correspondingly dismal...and worse yet, it was the 1970s. The male-female disparity there was striking. There we were in our (of necessity) cheap jackets, ties and slacks, while the girls were all running around, even then, in T-shirt and jeans. Sometime later I went to work for the Petersen Publishing Company. The prevailing mode of dress was for the most part decent business casual--sports shirt and khakis, that sort of thing. For formal meetings and entertaining visiting dignitaries, etc., coat and tie were the absolute rule. At trade shows, we were under strict orders to be in coat and tie at all times. (To show you how times have changed in but a few years, at recent SHOT Shows, most of my former colleagues still with the successor company that acquired Petersen have been seen tramping around in cheesy logo shirts, some of them even wearing camo pants and hunting boots. (You see how easy it is for me to outclass them with such "low end" apparel as Corneliani, Chan and A-E.) After 19 1/2 years with Petersen, I jumped ship to go to work with my present company. Here there was a total "anything goes" approach to office attire. Most of the men look like they belong on a roofing crew. For example, my opposite number at one of the other magazines is wearing a T-shirt, baseball cap and jeans, while I am in a sport coat, tie, khakis and Allen-Edmonds--the Benton in merlot, which I know some of our shoe connoisseurs would despise. In any event, although I had always had a somewhat above-average interest in clothes (my best friend accused me of being "foppish" as far back as the 70s), I really rebelled and became much more of a "clothes horse" than ever before, which is why I am a regular visitor to these fora now. Things are looking up, though. One of our new men regularly comes to the office dressed much as I do, even down to the pocket square. I recently joked that when the fellow presently in the T-shirt and baseball cap comes in in a Brioni suit, I'll know we've won.